8. Chambers Pillar and Rainbow Valley 1-day 4WD Tour
Go where the big operators don’t! This 4WD adventure begins at sunrise as you follow the Old Ghan railway route south to the historic landmark of Chambers Pillar. On the way, explore the ancient and sacred Ewaninga rock carvings which the local Arrente Aboriginal people have been visiting for thousands of years. Learn about the cultural significance of these astonishing petroglyphs over a sumptuous European-style morning tea.
Next, visit the remote Aboriginal community of Titjikala and its renowned art center. This is a rare opportunity to purchase an authentic piece of Central Australian Aboriginal art without paying gallery prices. From there, follow in the footsteps of the early explorers, crossing the sands of the dry Hugh River, and ascending to a stunning lookout atop the Charlotte Range, from which the vast Simpson Desert and the distant Chambers Pillar come into view. Travel the same red, sandy track the great John McDouall Stuart took more than 150 years before, to arrive at the giant natural sandstone sculptures of the Chambers Pillar Historical Reserve.
Choose to walk around and even up to the base of this astonishing natural wonder. Your guide will explain the geology of this amazing landscape, taking you back to when all this prehistoric countryside was under the sea, as well as relating the ancient Aboriginal dreamtime stories that created these magnificent structures. After your walk, relax and enjoy a gourmet lunch, prepared on-site by your guide under the shade of the majestic desert oaks, in this beautiful wilderness reserve.
After lunch, visit spectacular Rainbow Valley, following the spine of the ancient James Ranges along the historical Hugh River Stock Route, passing the iconic River Red Gums and Ghost Gums of the riverine woodlands. Rainbow Valley is one of the most striking geological features in the country and her sunsets are as spectacular as any in Australia. As the day ends, enjoy a lovely, easy stroll to Mushroom Rock, amongst the distinctive plant life and flowers of this unique region, whilst your guide prepares a lavish sunset platter. Return from your walk to a banquet of European cheeses, gourmet crackers, delicious cured meats and much more, as the true colors of Rainbow Valley reveal themselves to the setting sun. Return to Alice where your guide will take you to your accommodation after an unforgettable day in Australia’s Outback.